Completion Year: 2006
Program: 3,200 SF, Single Family Residence
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield AIA, James Wassell, Andrew Bartolotta AIA
General Contractor: RDC Const
Awards & Honors:
2007 – Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Innovation in Design Award for Architecture
This single family home was designed to fit in with its historic neighbors. A simple, classic salt-box form was utilized to create an efficient, family-friendly floor plan.
The scale, proportions and use of materials all combine to create a design that is an appealing neighbor in this historic area. The pronounced symmetry of the design was helps give the facade an almost story-book air. Small windows on the front elevation lend a somewhat austere quality, while large windows on the back of the house open up to the yard on the more informal, private side.
The house is sided in close-exposure wood clapboard, with wood trim, wood shutters and wrought-iron shutter dogs. The steeply-pitched roof is cedar shake with copper gutters and flashing. Crisp bluestone steps lead to the front entrance while a terraced patio flanks the rear. A friendly cupola tops the ridge and allows light down to the center of the house. The garage is designed as a small barn-like out-building painted a cheerful red.
While thoroughly appointed with modern conveniences, the interiors have a vintage quality. Oak beams were installed in the main living area—they were installed “green” so that as they dried they would “check” or split, providing an aged, rustic quality. Floors are reclaimed barn wood, sanded to an invitingly smooth finish and whitewashed by a special method to further soften their feel. Walls are finished with a rough plaster which has more texture and character than drywall, adding warmth to the rooms. Arched openings rather than doors between the main rooms keep things feeling open.